Intel
IntelBX80684I59600K
  

4 Cores, 8 Threads @2.6 GHz, Haswell.
Release date ≈ Q4 2014.

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6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 126,221 user samples
51,928 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 69% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 29% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 0.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 29% Great: 69%
SPEED RANK: 282nd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
74,293 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 81% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 81% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
56 % 93.4 % Much faster effective speed.
+67%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
90.9 Pts 136 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+50%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
171 Pts 270 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+58%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
291 Pts 527 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+81%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
415 Pts 750 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+81%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
106 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+46%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
204 Pts 308 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+51%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
383 Pts 604 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+58%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
527 Pts 880 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+67%
Market Share
Based on 22,712,438 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % 0.81 % Hugely higher market share.
+305%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % 181 % Hugely more popular.
+202%
Age
Newest
59+ Months 13 Months Much more recent.
+78%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
528 Pts 879 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+66%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
421 Pts 757 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+80%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1 '15 Q4'18
Cache
Cache
6 MB 9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$378.00 $262.00 - $263.00
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI2 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3L 1333/1600 DDR4-2666
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
25.6 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
400 MHz 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.2 GHz 1.15 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
2 GB 64 GB
Package Size
Package Size
37.5mm x 32mm x 1.6mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Yes 2.0
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
No Yes
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
3 3.0
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4 Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4

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